SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 4, 2017 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, today announced fourth quarter and full-year financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. The final results are in line with the preliminary results announced by the Company on July 20, 2017.
Fiscal 4th Quarter Highlights
- Quarterly net sales of $717.9 million, up 13.7% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 and up 36.9% from the same quarter of last year.
- GAAP net income of $17.1 million, up 2.8% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 and up 145.7% from the same quarter of last year.
- GAAP gross margin was 13.5%, down from 14.0% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 and down from 14.1% in the same quarter of last year.
- Server solutions accounted for 74.3% of net sales compared with 70.0% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 and 65.5% in the same quarter of last year.
Net sales for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2017 totaled $717.9 million, up 13.7% from $631.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017. No customer accounted for more than 10% of net sales during the quarter ended June 30, 2017.
GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $17.1 million or $0.33 per diluted share, an increase of 145.7% from net income of $7.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share in the same period a year ago. Included in net income for the quarter is $5.1 million of stock-based compensation expense (pre-tax). Excluding this item and the related tax effect, non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $20.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $10.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the same quarter of the prior year. On a sequential basis, non-GAAP net income increased from the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 by $0.4 million or $0.01 per diluted share.
GAAP and Non-GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was 13.5% compared to 14.1% in the same period a year ago. GAAP and Non-GAAP gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 were both 14.0%.
The GAAP income tax provision for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $9.6 million or 35.8% of income before tax provision compared to $4.5 million or 39.0% in the same period a year ago and $5.1 million or 23.6% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was higher compared to the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 primarily due to higher foreign taxes.
The Company’s cash and cash equivalents and short and long term investments at June 30, 2017 were $115.9 million compared to $183.7 million at June 30, 2016. Free cash flow for the year ended June 30, 2017 was $(125.8) million, primarily due to an increase in the Company’s cash used in operating activities.
Fiscal Year 2017 Summary
Net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 were $2,529.9 million, up 14.2% from $2,215.6 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. GAAP net income for fiscal year 2017 decreased to $69.3 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, a decrease of 3.7% from $72.0 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2016. Included in net income for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 is $19.2 million of stock-based compensation expense (pre-tax). Excluding this item and the related tax effect, non-GAAP net income for the fiscal year 2017 was $82.8 million or $1.57 per diluted share, a decrease of 1.3% compared to $83.8 million or $1.59 per diluted share for fiscal year 2016.
Business Outlook & Management Commentary
The Company expects net sales of $625 million to $685 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 ending September 30, 2017. The Company expects non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of approximately $0.30 to $0.40 for the first quarter.
“Supermicro has built a strong foundation for sustained high growth while improving profitability. During the last couple of years we have made significant investments in global production capacity, engineering, quality, global services, and systems and datacenter management software. It is these investments that will power the new Supermicro 3.0,” said Charles Liang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Supermicro 3.0 positions us as the only Tier 1 IT Infrastructure Provider capable of both first to market product innovation and global scale, quality, services and support to engage our rapidly growing enterprise customer base deeply in their business requirements. The record high revenue and strong 27.6% second half growth over last year is a direct result of these Supermicro 3.0 investments. With the major investments in place and the new Skylake product portfolio shipping, future investment and expenses will begin to flatten driving improved profitability moving forward.”
It is currently expected that the outlook will not be updated until the Company’s next quarterly earnings announcement, notwithstanding subsequent developments. However, the Company may update the outlook or any portion thereof at any time. Such updates will take place only by way of a news release or other broadly disseminated disclosure available to all interested parties in accordance with Regulation FD.
Conference Call Information
Super Micro Computer will discuss these financial results in a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT, today. To participate in the conference, please call 1-888-352-6793 (International callers dial 1-719-325-4753) 10 minutes prior. A recording of the conference will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on Thursday, August 17, 2017, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (International callers dial 1-412-317-6671) and entering replay PIN 7567416. The live web cast and recording of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section at www.supermicro.com two hours after the conference conclusion. They will remain available until the Company’s next earnings call.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
Statements contained in this press release that are not historical fact may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may relate, among other things, to our expected financial and operating results, our ability to build and grow Super Micro Computer, the benefits of our products and our ability to achieve our goals, plans and objectives. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: our dependence on continued growth in the markets for X86, blade servers and embedded applications, increased competition, difficulties of predicting timing, introduction and customer acceptance of new products, poor product sales, difficulties in establishing and maintaining successful relationships with our distributors and vendors, shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain, our ability to protect our intellectual property rights, our ability to control the rate of expansion domestically and internationally, difficulty managing rapid growth and general political, economic and market conditions and events. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in such filings.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Non-GAAP gross margin discussed in this press release excludes stock-based compensation expense. Non-GAAP net income and net income per share discussed in this press release exclude stock-based compensation expense and the related tax effect of the applicable items. Management presents non-GAAP financial measures because it considers them to be important supplemental measures of performance. Management uses the non-GAAP financial measures for planning purposes, including analysis of the Company’s performance against prior periods, the preparation of operating budgets and to determine appropriate levels of operating and capital investments. Management also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the Company’s financial and operational performance. However, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool, and are not intended to be an alternative to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Pursuant to the requirements of SEC Regulation G, detailed reconciliations between the Company’s GAAP and non-GAAP financial results is provided at the end of this press release. Investors are advised to carefully review and consider this information as well as the GAAP financial results that are disclosed in the Company’s SEC filings.
About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro, a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and innovation is a premier provider of end-to-end green computing solutions for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro’s advanced Server Building Block Solutions offer a vast array of components for building energy-efficient, application-optimized, computing solutions. Architecture innovations include Twin, TwinPro, FatTwin, Ultra Series, MicroCloud, MicroBlade, SuperBlade, Simply Double, Double-sided Storage, Battery Backup Power (BBP) modules and WIO/UIO. Products include servers, blades, GPU systems, workstations, motherboards, chassis, power supplies, storage, networking, server management software and SuperRack cabinets/accessories delivering unrivaled performance and value.
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